Friday, June 14, 2013

Hollandmoon: Dublin part 2

The second half of our time in Dublin was spent just like the first half, touring the must-see places of the city, walking everywhere, and actually getting some down time which was much needed after our adventures in the south. The nice thing about Dublin, and specifically our hotel, was that we were smack in the middle of everything which made our long to-see list really easy to accomplish in only a few days. 

Our hotel was located right across the street from Christchurch Cathedral so we got to wake up every morning to it's beauty. Once inside it was just as stunning and very similar in construction & architecture to St. Patrick's. The one part that was different was that there was a crypt underneath that was restored to it's original state and I have to admit, it was pretty creepy down there. 

Connected to the church was the Dublinia exhibit which explored the history of the vikings on the island of Ireland. Granted it was pretty focused towards kids and we didn't actually learn that much but one of the best parts of our trip was that we could just explore together. Even if that meant weaving through school field trips and playing dress up with my husband. 

Even though we had already visited the Jameson Distillery in Middleton we decided to stop at the place in Dublin too. Originally Jameson was made in Dublin and the distillery was later moved to the south so we thought that this museum might offer something different than the first. Unfortunately, the tour in Dublin wasn't as interesting and impressive as the one in Middleton but it gave us another opportunity to do some whiskey tasting. This time I ended up volunteering for the "extra tasting" where we were given 3 different types of whiskey to taste and compare. Jack Daniel's from the States, Johnnie Walker Black Label from Scotland and Jameson from Ireland. I have to admit, I am definitely a Jameson fan. 

Our last stop was, of course, the Guinness Brewery! You can't go to Ireland without going here. The tour was self-guided and really interesting. You walk through all the different processes of beer making and the history behind the brand and the coolest part is that the building is situated around a 10-story tall pint glass. At the very top is the Gravity Bar, a 360-degree glass bar with amazing views of the city, where you enjoy your free pint of beer. I'd only had a few pints of Guinness before our trip so I don't know if it's true that Guinness in Ireland tastes better than anywhere else but it definitely did taste delicious!


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